WFAE Money & Influence reporter Tom Bullock joins Greg and Lisa this week to discuss his investigation of what some taxi company owners say was a bribery scheme in awarding lucrative airport contracts.
Monday we brought you the story of an alleged pay-to-play scheme involving Charlotte Douglas International Airport and taxi companies. In 2011 the City Council slashed the number of companies that could pick-up at the airport from 12 to 3. The allegations were that only companies that paid $5,000 to join The Greater Charlotte Hospitality and Tourism Alliance, or HTA, were given the coveted slots. Those who did not were cut out of the most lucrative market in the city for cabs.
In our earlier report, Diamond Cab owner Obaid Khan said, "We feel like you shouldn’t have to pay to play. That’s exactly what took place at the airport."
Last night, Khan addressed the Charlotte City Council about another side of the controversy.